This is the perfect last minute gift repurposing project - taking all of, oh I don't know, ten minutes maybe? The idea is to hack up an old or thrifted sheepskin jacket to make the elegant lady's answer to a pair of mittens: a hand warmer muff. Especially now that so many of us rely on touchscreen phones, it can be pretty annoying to keep having to take your gloves off just to check a text (and we've yet to find touchscreen friendly mitts we'd be proud to wear...). But with a muff hanging off your shoulder it makes keeping warm and keeping in touch that little bit chic-easier! You could even stitch a little phone-sized pocket on the inside...
You will need:
- an old sheepskin jacket
- fabric scissors
- sewing machine with a special needle for sewing leather
- embellishments (optional)
- some lengths of chain (we used about 6m)
Cut out a rectangle from the jacket measuring 30 x 45 cm.
Embellish the outside with a stencilled design, studs, rhinestones, lace overlay, fur trim etc or simply leave plain.
With right sides together, stitch the 30cm lengths together to form the muff.
Loop the chain through the muff repeatedly to make a sort of multi-chain shoulder strap. Connect the two ends either with the chain loops themselves, or a jewellery clasp if you have one.